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Sunday, April 22, 2012

22nd April

Not much to report from 3 hours spent in the park this morning. But here are a few photos taken while  I was there.


Willow Warbler, area 31 (above) and Chiffchaff, area 41(below).



Mistle Thrush (above) and Song Thrush (below).



Canada Goose pretending to be a snake bird, before giving another goose a tongue lashing.





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Marc Heath said...

Great shots again, like the Egyptian Goose landing, nicely caught.

piers said...

Speaking of the parakeets, I went to the LWC last weekend and noticed a real rise from last year, some flying around the entranceway competing with starlings for nest holes in the main buildings, a bit of a worrying trend really. Last year we had some nesting in the next street (N19) which is quite far from their core in S and W London. They'll be everywhere soon.


birdman_euston said...

23 Apr: Clearing at dawn with light southerly wind.

Reed Bunting 1m: singing in Wetland Pen, area 32 at 06.05 and 07.25.
For what it's worth, here's how to find one of his favourite singing perches in the Wetland Pen:
* on the SE side of the Pen looking NW, stand at the right-hand gap in the long, straight hawthorn hedgerow bordering the Pen
* look through the gap and find the large, bright-green weeping willow tree to the left across the pond, 50-100m away
* scan your binoculars down the right-hand side of the willow canopy till it disappears behind the horizontal, brown reed-bed in the foreground
* immediately to the right of the point where the willow canopy intersects the reed-bed, you'll see a distinctive, medium-green shrub (with small leaves on a spray of upright, unbranched stems*, behind and to the left of the pond). The male Reed Bunting likes to cling to an exposed singing perch near the top of one of these straight stems.

Willow Warbler 1+: areas 2 and 33 - it might have been the same bird.

For the past few days a pair of Pied Wagtails have been feeding in areas 2 and 9 near the lakeshore.

'Paul', the Chiffchaff in areas 40 and 41, appears to have found a mate (two birds were seen together this morning, with more calling than singing going on). In summary, I've now observed signs of possible pair-bonding from 'John' (area 14), 'Duane' (area 19), 'Geoff' (area 31) and 'Paul' (area 41).

* Grateful if anyone could identify this species of shrub for me.

Tony Duckett said...

Hi Marc.

I wish that they could all be caught. They way things are going this is another species that will soon be out of control, particularly in the London area.

Tony Duckett said...

Hi Piers

according to the RSPB and others, the parakeets do not affect our native species. When all the small parks have no hole nesting birds left, then maybe they will think again.